Setting Home folder and behaviour afterwards

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by gbug, Sep 5, 2006.

  1. gbug

    gbug Guest

    Hi all,
    I have recently setup a new file server using Windows 2003 Stanard Ed R2
    server, and have installed the File server component of this. I have then
    setup a shared folder called home$, and have set myself (to test) within AD a
    home folder under the profile > home folder location. This is set as
    \\servername\home$\%username%. This creates the folder and sets the security
    perissions. I ahve since noticed some strange things happening.
    1: When ever i log onto a terminal server/remote desktop session, the My
    Documents points to this home folder.
    2: There are some folders within the home folder that i didnt place there.
    ie a Windows folder, a 'default.rdp' file, and .profile file, and a WIND
    file. These do not take up space.
    3: I noticed that when i right click on , say for example, notepad.exe
    through the Start button menu, it shows the 'Stat in' property to be

    This is all ive noticed so far, im wondering if anyone can shed any light on
    why this is happening. No group policies have been setup for folder
    redirection, and the home folder has not been setup within the Terminal
    service profile tab within AD. I am thinking perhaps this is just what occurs
    when setting up a home folder through AD.

    Thanks in advance,
    gbug, Sep 5, 2006
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  2. I am thinking perhaps this is just what occurs when setting up a home
    Correct. If I remember correctly, the Terminal Services tab overrides this
    if configured, otherwise the normal properties apply.

    This is a legacy feature, for backwards compatibility. The new option is
    the Folder Redirection technology, which is part of GPO. That supersedes
    these user profile options.
    Paul Williams [MVP], Sep 5, 2006
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  3. gbug

    gbug Guest

    Im not sure i understand your answer - im wondering if this behaviour is
    normal, and secondly, why is it occuring. As for the folder re-direciton, i
    have not set any group policy, nor have i setup a Terminal services profile
    setting for the home folder - this has only been setup under the main default
    profile tab in AD, yet when i terminal service to machines, the my documents
    folder show up with the contents of my Home folder on the fileshare setup. Im
    wondernig why now other pieces of software now seem to start out of this home
    folder as well.
    gbug, Sep 6, 2006
  4. Without implementing GPO folder redirection, and without setting any of the
    terminal services properties, this is normal. If I remember correctly, the
    TS properties override the normal properties. If you don't set them, then
    the normal properties will come into effect even when you're on a terminal

    When you have a home folder defined, some of the environment variables
    reference this. This is how the apps are "seeing" the file server, etc.
    Type "set" without the quotes at the command prompt to see what I mean.
    Paul Williams [MVP], Sep 6, 2006
  5. gbug

    gbug Guest

    Thanks for the reply. One thing is still dont understand is, when logged on
    locally to a machine, the 'My Documents' folder does not redirect to the Home
    folder, this only happens when i log on via TS!
    gbug, Sep 6, 2006
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    chafey13 Guest

    arachafeywe had a disk f drive only for admin.then all my info went to desk top
    chafey13, Sep 17, 2006
  7. Hmmm, I'm a little confused as to what's going on. Perhaps this question
    will get a better answer in the Terminal Services groups? Sorry.
    Paul Williams [MVP], Sep 29, 2006
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